Sanctuary
Sanctuary

Oil, 28" x 38"

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In the Shadows of White Side Satin
In the Shadows of White Side Satin

Oil

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Blue Ridge Sunset
Blue Ridge Sunset

Oil

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Afternoon Shadows
Afternoon Shadows

Oil

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Ray Byram

Email: raymondbyram@yahoo.com
Pisgah Forest, NC

Byram has been painting in oil since 1969. He received his Fine Arts degree in 1976 while also receiving a minor in Art History. He co-founded the Indiana University o f Pennsylvania Fine Arts Museum while completing a museum internship under the nationally renown art historian Dr. Balsiger. Since graduation he has devoted himself to his painting, having one man and group shows throughout the East.

Although he has worked in a variety of genres, styles and mediums from abstract to surreal to neo-realism, from oils to watercolors, etchings, woodcuts and serigraphy, it has been landscapes in oil that have been his primary pursuit. His love of nature, the Appalachian forests in conjunction with his love of Impressionism have combined to synthesize his individual style which he calls a “tight impressionism”. Byram explains, “At quick glance my style obviously looks realistic, yet I employ the theories and approach of the Impressionists”.

Byram’s oils are almost exclusively done with small palette knives rather than brushes. Byram finds his inspiration throughout the eastern mountains and forests, particularly in the North Georgia and North Carolina. He also finds it in the local roads around his home in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina where he resides with his son Sam and Jack the wonder dog.

The artist explains,

“There are so many beautiful roads, even the well traveled, where it’s difficult or impossible to just stop in your tracks and take it all in. The winding roads, the light filtering through the trees. That lighting effect is what I’ve been keying on. That sense of ‘realness’ to me, it is a very special spiritual magical thing.”